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    Remember the guy who painstakingly brought us 312 identically smashed windows, 1248 pieces of glass in an abandoned warehouse? Well, he’s back, this time with a curiously fantastical new sculpture inspired by the thatched roofs of yore.

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    Are you getting used to the new Weekender design? We hope so. It’s good to have a little switch-around sometimes, like when your mum moves the sofas around in the living room and you feel all dislocated for a while. But you know that when that feeling subsides you’ll feel all at home again. So welcome home, here you are, in the warm, chubby, flour-brushed arms of The Weekender. Nuzzle in, reader, nuzzle in.

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    As avid readers of graphic novels, comics, vintage pulps, superhero adventures, illustrated reportage and pretty much any other forms of image and text you can cobble together on paper, we’d be pretty devastated were we to suddenly find ourselves without the ability to enjoy them at will. For some, that fear is a reality and for blind and partially-sighted people the world of graphic fiction is one they’ll never know. Philipp Meyer objects to this and has been working hard to create a tactile version of our favourite boxed-off narratives that can be enjoyed manually instead of visually.

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    I tell you now that I never thought life could get more exciting than sitting around our little desks with microphones chewing the fat about the art and design world, but it totally just did! So sit back and enjoy this brief rundown of a truly lovely episode of Studio Audience where we chat about recent goings-on and do an ample amount of complaining that we weren’t invited to the Venice Biennale. Maybe next time. On we go!

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    Following up the success of The Small Coal Man’s Tiny Travelling Theatre which parked up at Clerkenwell Design Week last year, Aberrant Architecture’s latest offering takes the form of a roaming market mobile structure. Inspired by London’s rich street market-orientated culture, the moveable stall essentially plays the part of a spectacularly elaborate signpost, acting principally as an information point for passers-by. This is not its only function however; its built in chessboard, covered seating area and pop-up stage all ensure the multi-functionality characteristic of Aberrant Architecture’s design approach.

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    There’s a strange kind of dance visitors to the Julie Mehretu show at London’s White Cube gallery take part in which is jolly fun to observe. At first they stand and take in the huge paintings, then move forward, faces inches from the canvases to examine the painstakingly layered detail, then back again, then forward ad infinitum.

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    Spanish artist Yolanda Domingues is not afraid to take on serious social issues with her work, particularly through her “livings” which confront people in the street. You may remember we featured her Poses project a couple of years ago in which she had women recreate the ludicrous poses favoured by fashion magazines in everyday situations.

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    The first time I heard of the Four Freedoms Park in New York was when it was shortlisted in the architecture category at this year’s Design Museum’s Designs of The Year – in fact in a fit of overexcitement I tipped it to win. But last week I was lucky enough to visit the park which sits just off the Manhattan shoreline on Roosevelt Island, and you know what I don’t take it back, because this is a really stunning project.

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    Photographer Olly Burn’s most recent subject, the Parque Deportivo José Martí in Havana, Cuba, is a beautifully dilapidated symbol of the hope and disappointment which accompanies political change in the country.

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    Welcome to my life, Ollie Schrauwen. Make yourself comfortable, you’ll be staying here for a while. It’s funny how you think you know your favourite illustrators and then BAM! Someone comes out of the blue with a bunch of work that makes your mouth fill up with spit (in a good way). Ollie is a little but of a mystery, we know he’s matey with Brecht Vandenbroucke (which is a personal life goal I hope to mirror) and we also know that he’s from Belgium and currently resides in Germany.

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    Ever wanted to rob a bank? Me too, but I don’t fancy prison so this “what if?” project will have to do. Ilona Gaynor has been quietly planning a highly organised heist of five major banks in the downtown Los Angeles area for the past two years, and is now reaching out for some funding to allow her to complete her mission.

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    WeTransfer are offering the chance to win a pair of tickets to Here, our creative symposium next month that takes place on 21 June in London and features some brilliant creatives from around the world.

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    Illustrator Franziska Walther hails from Germany’s historic and cultural capital, Weimar – land of the Bauhuas, Goethe and Bach – and produces appropriately excellent imagery. Her recent illustrated book, Der Zeitsparer (The Time-Saver), a short text by pre-war Jewish writer Kurt Tucholsky, is a beautiful tome of lithographic beauty, printed in four spot colours that let her illustrations leap from the page. For a recent graduate we have to say we’re pretty darned impressed with Franziska’s work. If she’s capable of such a beautifully illustrated book this early in her career just imagine what she’ll be accomplishing in years to come. Watch this space…

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    There’s something in the water over at Kingston University. The second year contingent of their graphic design course are turning out some of the most impressive student work we’ve seen for a long time, and they’ve still got a year to hone their already impressive skills before graduation. Look out world! The other week we featured the work of photographic wizard Luke Evans, who’d manufactured incredible naturalistic sets on his kitchen table, and now it’s time to profile his classmate, Francis North, an ideas man with significant skill.

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    It’s competition time again folks and we’ve got a great opportunity for an incredibly talented illustrator to provide the packaging design for next year’s Beefeater 24 super premium gin.

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    From baking shows to bespoke office biscuit deliveries, the UK seems to be in the grip of some kind of sweet-tooth mania right now, which makes Beccy McCray’s new work very timely. She has explored our clamour for cakes in two new projects which reinvent the birthday staple in very different ways. For an upcoming show at east London’s Residence Gallery, Beccy has created six “baketivism posters” having iced the names of some of the most significant hip-hop tracks of the 1980s and 90s onto some delicious-looking cakes, bringing together the radicalising agenda of early rap with what she sees as the contemporary reinvention of crafts like cooking.

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    “What happens when an unknown piece of matter falls through time and space?” wonders Hans Lo in his new video for Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep’s recent collaboration, Sacrifice. Well, true to form it involves a pulsing, rhythmic journey through the dark vacuum of the cosmos, accompanied by neon geometric bursts and a strange clapping production line. As with most Simian Mobile Disco tracks it’s best to sit back and enjoy the entire thing, letting the music – and the visuals – build to a pretty epic climax. Sweet!

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    We featured Hannah back in 2012 when she made a funny little book that illustrated her shoes-or-rent dilemma. Hannah’s back with this new zine which takes us into the world of brand mascots. You’re probably thinking: " Oh yeah, brand mascots, I bloody hate brand mascots" but look again. Remember the friendly Sun-Maid raisin girl? Here she is, greeting you once again with her smug, raisiny smile, this time illustrated by Hannah, whose crafty illustrations and enviable printing skills have transformed these strange corporate characters into subjects of true beauty. She’s even made a Malboro carton look pretty!

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    Londoners who spend their time pedalling about the city will long have been familiar with the excellent work of Tokyo Fixed, a Soho store which does much more with bikes than the name would suggest. The guys there specialise in finding the very best products available for riders, from handmade steel frames from Japan to bombproof rucksacks and panniers as well as clothing that means you don’t have to wear lycra on your bike 100% of the time (though some of us still choose to). But having established themselves as a firm favourite in the city, Tokyo Fixed has undergone something of a transformation.

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    Dutch photographer Lonneke Van Der Palen has received a lot of attention recently for her Souvenir series, and rightly so. Subtitled Memories of a journey never made, it’s an extraordinary collection of images which mixes imagined holiday staples – like a rolling wave, a sunset and even the Egyptian pyramids recreated in her studio – with surreal abstract still-lifes and even the odd portrait. It’s difficult to describe quite why these photographs worm their way into your mind so effectively but it’s something about the lurid colours and range of textures combining to give the whole series a slightly disconcerting dream-like feel.

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    This week Michael Ian Kaye, the creative director and partner of Mother New York and Thomas Kemeny explain what design and advertising could and should be learning from each other. As ever you can add your thoughts using the thread below…

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    Everyone hates emails don’t they? Trawling through giant inboxes full of rubbish from the nether regions of the internet, trying desperately to maintain an interest in what anyone has to say. Not us! We’ve just spent the morning sifting through over 120 submissions for May’s edition of Student Of The Month and we’re delighted to say that we’ve had a great time. In fact the only thing that’s getting us down is that we’ve had to whittle the selection down to only three. We wish we could’ve picked more.

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    Last night in a quest to find out whether Jack Johnson was right when he wailed that we are “better together” – we’ve been caught out by Jack’s pronouncements before! – It’s Nice That took over Shoreditch Studios to explore the theme of collaboration.

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    In his excellent review of Jeremy Deller’s show English Magic which has taken over the British Pavilion for this year’s Venice Art Biennale, critic Alastair Sooke describes it as “the dark side, if you like, of Danny Boyle’s uplifting opening ceremony for London 2012.” It’s a phrase that stuck with me; if 2012 was all-about almost ceaseless national self-congratulation, then here in 2013 maybe Deller is right to force us to consider some uncomfortable truths not prevalent in our golden summer.

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    It’s that classic situation – you go to dispose of a body, someone sees you, you dispose of them, someone sees that and then you have to dispose of three people rather than just one! Typical. This video is brilliant. You don’t get too many music videos these days that are beautifully-crafted short stories, but this one is a perfect example of just how well that formula works. Directed by John Strong who, it’s worth saying, is renowned for his gruesome, boundary-pushing videos, this tale of murder mis-hap is as hilarious as it is disturbing. The fact that it’s for a truly magnificent Oh Sees song is the blood-red icing on the cake. Watch to the end – you won’t regret it.

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    We’ve all been there, cruising through Ikea’s giant field of homeware dreams only to find that the geometric patterned rug you’ve travelled for hours to purchase isn’t available on the shop floor. Off you go to find the nearest assistant to fetch you one from out back, and then you freeze. How do you even pronounce the name of the thing? “Hall-knop,” you mutter apologetically. “Haller-um…” the disdainful look from the yellow-clad employee is enough to send you scurrying away so that no other customers can overhear your linguistic failings. You head straight for the door and return to your woefully spartan flat empty-handed.

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    I came across Dutch fashion designer Femke Agema flicking through an in-flight magazine on the way back from a recent trip to Amsterdam; one of the most enjoyable pre-take-off distractions I can remember. Femke’s work marries technical skill with some fantastical ideas as proved by her two most recent collections. For Elders, her 2013 spring/summer range, she took inspiration from our primordial emotional response to the onset of spring, “the simple joy we feel in being let loose into the wild to play in an environment overflowing with possibilities.”

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    It might be said that the best crazy golf courses resemble mini sculpture gardens and thus that the best sculpture gardens have something of the crazy golf course about them. But these two cultural institutions have finally come together thanks to the Walker Art Center who are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with two eight-hole courses designed by “artists, architects, engineers, and putt-putt connoisseurs.”

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    Looks like SOMEbody’s been busy for the past year! We’re big fans of illustrator Josh Holinaty and his welcoming, friendly style. We last posted about him back in June when his drawing of a grumpy banana caught our eye, and now it seems he’s back with more chortle-inducing delights. Straying away from just the editorial work, it seems that nowadays Josh is a bit of a dab hand at the odd mural and is being commissioned left right and centre by people who want Josh’s work on their interiors and exteriors. We love the illustrations he’s done for a piece of fiction in local magazine Alberta Views too. Keep up the great work, Josh!

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    New signage popping up all over National Trust properties across the east of England is making a mockery of the stuffy reputation of country houses. Nature’s Playground, the new campaign by The Click Design Consultants, sees a series of nine brightly-coloured notices dotted about the grounds, which are designed to encourage exactly the behaviour which they initially seem to inhibit. Resembling restrictions and warning notices, the signs actually encourage tree-hugging, flower-sniffing, photo-snapping and general fun, undermining the conservative reputation of informative notices. Not so stuffy now, eh?

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    I fear we are a little slow off the mark on this but no matter because this is definitely worth a look. French studio Patador Prod have created this excellent wire and paper stop-motion animation for Professor Kliq’s Plastic and Flashing Lights and it’s no exaggeration to say it’s one of the best executed and most uplifting pieces of moving image work we’ve seen in a while. Sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy, unless you work in an open-plan office, in which case PLEASE use headphones as a courtesy to your colleagues.

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    It’s kind of a bold move to photograph a collection of shoes and more often than not just avoid photographing the actual shoes altogether. The result, however, is an absolute delight. With the combined talents of fashion designer Kostas Murkudis and the art direction of Studio Quentin Walesch, this otherwise potentially drab campaign has been spiced up into a delectable leg-fest. They’ve managed to single-handedly make legs of models and children look a little alien, and have also achieved the unthinkable – making a flip flop campaign very cool indeed.

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    Yeah nice one May, just be wet and miserable and make my hair go all fluffy at the back. Really good work. Anyway despite your best meteorological efforts to crush our spirits we will not be broken! As if to prove it, we are dialling up the enthusiasm factor to 11 as we are thrilled to introduce our newest editorial intern Maisie Skidmore. And to help you get to know her better we fired some questions at Maisie on her very first day which she was good enough to answer. So without further ado…

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    Experimental type designer Benoît Bodhuin has already earned a reputation for creating bold font families that shake up the status quo of legibility, formality and structural consistency, instead opting for marks that provoke a reaction in their reader and transform the rhythm of reading itself. He’s already produced two faces that we’ve proudly featured on the site, Marriane and ZIGZAG, and his third moves on apace from the last, experimenting further with broken lines and oversized pixels in place of smooth curves and clean lines.

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    After a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend, you don’t always want something soothing to cleanse your cider-addled mind, you want something with a bit of bite. So here’s Will Laren, whose comic style is as aggravating as an irritating rash (in a good way). Will’s style goes a little something like this – illustration of brightly coloured-in human grappling with the strain of modern life, accompanied by an often hilarious stream of rambling hand-drawn type above their heads that shows off their innermost thoughts. Innermost thoughts is a bit misleading actually; one of the best drawings is of a man whose hard drive has crashed and he’s screaming about how he’s lost all his “wang scans” which are genuinely scans of his wang.

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    Creating a piece of animation designed to deal with the horrifying realities of child abuse is a pretty tall order, particularly when it’s for ChildLine and the people you’re attempting to communicate with are all under the age of 19. How does one go about discussing these delicate issues without intimidating your target audience and creating something that’s all-too harrowing for television? Buck and YCN Studio have recently come up with an incredibly effective solution, producing a four-minute film that gently but assertively discusses the issues facing victims of sexual abuse.

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    What a selection! It is written in blood on the It’s Nice That Rules and Regulations list that the chosen one for Bookshelf must choose five books and five books only, but Julia’s gone and picked seven like it’s no big thing. That’s fine by us though, as her selection includes a Buffy the Vampire Slayer study guide and the Rookie yearbook – two titles you’d be mad not to purchase off Amazon immediately. Julia is an animator and once warmed our hearts with this First Crush animation. She’s now living it up in Brooklyn being all creative and great. Here’s her top seven titles…

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    We’ve all been there, if it’s a Beyonce concert or an arboretum, even just a donut shop, someone’s taking a picture. David Ryle’s timely project doesn’t have an angry rant at phone and camera users, but bathes them in what could be the warmest photographic light we’ve seen in a long while. David Ryle makes his subjects teeny tiny and puts them in places where nature is so beautiful and gloriously enormous, that it reminds us that in the grand scale of things, we’re still pretty much plankton. Rather than complaining about the whole phone photo thing (which can be very easy and tempting to do when your’e a trained photographer with a proper camera) he’s just reminding us, through incredible images, to calm down and look around. Thank you David!

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    As website biographies go, you’d be hard pressed to find a better opening line than: “Caitlin Mociun was born the daughter of seafaring Tony Mociun and pedagogical Jillian Mociun, and the sister of quiet Jonah Mociun.” But if Caitlin’s self-promotion is understated, her talents with textiles are anything but. A graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, Caitlin spent much of her teenage years travelling, with extended stays in Malaysia and Prague, and she is further influenced by the Bauhaus conviction of the convergence of arts and crafts. At her trendy Brooklyn shop she sells her own jewellery and various interesting works by other designers but it’s her first love, textiles, where for me her superlative eye for line and colour really shine, producing vibrant, life affirming designs.

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    Despite living in a golden age of science and a hacking culture of restless refusal to accept ignorance, human beings retain a taste for being bamboozled. For centuries magicians and illusionists have catered to this appetite and even today a showman like Derren Brown packs theatres to the rafters with his very contemporary brand of “oh my god” befuddlement. But while modern magical stars have slick marketing campaigns, there is a fabulously rich heritage of more interesting visual ephemera around the industry of intrigue.